Guinea Pig Care
1. Living Situation, Cagemates
Guinea Pigs should not live alone. They are herd animals. Not only will they be bored or lonely, they derive a sence of security and well being from other guinea pigs. No, your human companionship IS NOT ENOUGH. They need to be with other Guinea Pigs. Boys do best in pairs. Girls do well in groups or trios of girls, in pairs or with a neutered male.
At the L.A. Guinea Pig Rescue we don't recommend boy trios or larger groups, but occasional trios or groups are surrendered together. There are exceptions, but in my experience trios are rare and healthy boys will challenge each other. A bonded pair is a stable, harmonious pair that does not fight. Remember a pair or group of guinea pigs need at least 8 Sq Ft, larger groups need more.
The Guinea Pig Bonding Rules video was created to help you understand the subtleties of guinea pig relationships and your chances of bonding any two individual Guinea Pigs. It's NOT THE SAME for boys and girls, babies and adults, and its not the same for neutered or spayed pigs.
I highly suggest you take the time to watch the bonding rules video, and the ACTUAL bonding videos I filmed at the L.A. Guinea Pig Rescue. It will help you get a feel for how making friends works in the Guinea Pig World.